THE GOOD: The Tampa Bay Rays coming out party. The Rays entered the weekend series with the Sox with a chance to either firmly announce their arrival to the rest of the league or they could have reaffirmed the feelings of many that the Rays are still the Rays. And with that opportunity the Rays swept the defending champs and now sit in first place in the AL East. 25 games into the regular season and nobody can argue that as of right now, the Tampa Bay Rays are a legitimate playoff contender. And my fellow RAYSHEADS, the magic number sits at 138.
THE BAD: Not even we can find anything bad about this weekend.
THE TELLING: Yes, we know it was James Shields first career shutout. However, that needs an asterisk as Shields pitched 9 shutout innings last year against Baltimore. That effort is not an official shutout as the Rays failed to score in the first 9 innings and the game went extra innings with Shields taking a no-decision…Who would have thunk that the upcoming series between the Rays and the O’s would be a battle for first place in the AL East.
DEVIL RAYS WEBTOPIA…
- Correction: On Friday I incorrectly said that Dioner Navarro has twice this season forgetten to call time, leading to a runner advancing. In fact, the first occurance was Shawn Riggans, not Navi (Thanks Robert).
- Yes. Yes it did. [Fire Brand of the American League]